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Disagreement Over Whether Medical Examiner’s Testimony Was Consistent

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) _ A lawyer for a Connecticut medical examiner accused of perjury has argued that the charges should be dismissed.

Massachusetts prosecutors alleged that there were “material inconsistencies” in Dr. Frank Evangelista’s testimony in a murder case.

Evangelista, a former Massachusetts medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the murder victim, is now an assistant medical examiner in Connecticut. He has pleaded not guilty to perjury and misleading.

Prosecutors say there were inconsistencies between Evangelista’s testimony in a 2006 trial for one defendant and his testimony in a 2010 trial for a co-defendant. Both men were charged with beating a homeless man to death in Wareham in 2004.

During a hearing Monday in Brockton Superior Court, Evangelista’s lawyer argued that his testimony was not inconsistent and that the charges should be dismissed.

A judge did not immediately rule.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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